New York Times: The hotel bathroom is ripe for changing

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Inside the Evolving Hotel Bathroom

from NYT

From the article:

… the hotel bathroom is more than a place to freshen up. It’s considered an indicator of how upscale, current and clean a hotel is, an extension of its identity…

…But what travelers don’t often think about while tearing open the miniature soap is that everything in the bathroom, be it the shower or its humble curtain, is the result of a designer’s careful choices in an effort to balance desires, space and money. What are some of those desires? What new features might be coming?…

Drew Shepard, senior director of consumer insights for Marriott Hotels, spends copious amounts of time listening to travelers: in 2010 and 2011 combined he interviewed more than 7,000 hotel guests in person or through surveys to inform the renovations now underway at Marriott. “The bathroom is a really important signal for a bunch of things,” he said. “You hope it’s a little aspirational, a little better than what you have at home. A little fun.”…